Postsecondary & Workforce Outcomes

ILDS Priority Area


Illinois students should be graduating high school ready with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in life after high school—college and career.

Today all high school graduates need some postsecondary education and/or training if they are to have options and opportunities in the job market. In Illinois, 8 of 10 employers say they need employees with some postsecondary education. Currently only 40% of Illinois residents have a high-quality post-secondary college or career credential.

In 2009, the Illinois P-20 Council identified a goal for the State of Illinois: to increase the proportion of Illinoisans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025.  Enhancing the methods for tracking progress against the State goal of 60% of Illinois residents obtaining a high quality postsecondary degree or credential by the year 2025 is a key priority for ILDS.

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Goal 60% by 2025 Infographic